A COVID friendly guide to activities in Nottingham

Moving back up to uni has been a strange adjustment for us all, with a new 10 pm curfew in place, next to no in-person teaching, and the overwhelming paranoia every time you get a sore throat. But, for those trying to get to know new flatmates, the transition has been even more challenging.

Say goodbye to deep chats in Ubers, late-night trips to the kebab shop, and seeing who can come up with the most ridiculous Ocean costume. This year, we are a little more limited in how we can spend our time.

So, if you’re sick of binge-watching Netflix, getting cabin fever, or just want to go out and do something fun, then look no further. Here a few of the must-do activities in Nottingham.

Visit the Broadway Cinema

Broadway Cinema
There is no better place to hang out with friends and watch a good film. Image credit: Broadway Cinema

This great, independent cinema located in Hockley is perfect for a cheap evening out. Tickets are just £5 for under 25s, or £7.10 for students over 25 – so it’s much less expensive than chains like Odeon and Cineworld. Broadway even has comfier seats and way more legroom!

Whilst film options are a little limited at the moment, they are offering reruns instead. So, if you’ve missed getting popcorn and sitting in front of the big screen, get down there ASAP!

Get competitive at Lost City Adventure Golf in The Cornerhouse

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You don’t have to be a pro to have fun at Lost City Adventure Golf Image credit: Lost City Adventure Golf

This indoor centre has two different courses with great settings and fun surprises along the way! Lost City Adventure Golf offers student discounts from Monday-Thursday, with admission for 18 holes costing £6.50, or 36 holes for £10.50. There’s also a Tiki bar if you’re in the mood to enjoy some pizza or cocktails after your game.

Go ice skating at the National Ice Centre 

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Ice skating is a fantastic activity to do with friends. Image credit: TripAdvisor

It may only be October, but if the cold weather has you feeling festive, then book online and wrap up warm! The National Ice Centre offers all kinds of sessions, from casual skating to lessons, figure skating, and hockey. The centre caters to all ability levels, and student prices start at £5.50 for a regular session. Why not try something new and get your skates on!

Get competitive at Nottingham Bowl

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Can you get a strike? Image credit: Visit Nottinghamshire

If you’re still looking at ways to compete with your flatmates, why not visit Nottingham Bowl?

From 6 pm on Thursdays, Nottingham Bowl offers £2.50 games and selected food and drink for the same price!. All this with a great atmosphere and a fun opportunity to show off your excellent (or disastrous) bowling skills. 

Spend an afternoon at The Kitty Café

Cat Cafe Entry with Afternoon Tea for Two or Four at Kitty Cafe
Have a coffee with the cats at the Kitty Café Image credit: Groupon

If you’re missing any pets at home, this is your chance to get your fix and support a really great cause.

Entry to The Kitty Café is £6 per adult, with which you are allocated a slot and given the opportunity to sit, eat, drink, and make new furry friends. The proceeds from the Kitty Café go towards caring for, and rehoming cats – all of the cats you see are cared for at the Café full time!

This is definitely a must-do activity in Nottingham, and you can sleep soundly knowing your money is going to a good place.

Written by Frankie Galton

Feature image credit: Youtube – Nottingham Trent University

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